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Tuguegarao tourist attractions

I am thinking of making a (literally) flying 24 hour visit to Tuguegarao City as I've not been there before.

TA lists this, a Catholic Church and a couple of bridges as attractions:

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Is there much else to see close to the twon (no more than half an hour by car)?

If I recall, taxis are available including at the airport. Is this correct?

I assume that it is simply too adventurous to try to get between Tuguegarao City and Palaui Island (and back) for nightfall (even with hiring a banka) so I may have to confine my activities to attractions fairly close to the city.

Do you consider Tuguegarao City and nearby environs a safe destination for Westerners?

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1. Re: Tuguegarao tourist attractions

How come Callao Cave is not in TA list?

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2. Re: Tuguegarao tourist attractions

mousehunt, Callao Caves is listed on TA - and it has been reviewed a few times:

tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g215230…

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3. Re: Tuguegarao tourist attractions

Seriously, TUG is not a very interesting town. I found it safe. No taxis, just tricis (lots of them), jeepneys/vans to go out of town. In town, there's the church (cathedral I believe), but I'm sure you've seen old churches. There are a number of really old churches spread out in Cagayan, the most number in any province from what I believe. What I've noticed with the few churches I've seen, their architectural style: red brick work, instead of adobe stones, looking more like Italian churches).

*Callao Cave is about 30 minutes worth a visit; it is also an archaeological site where the ANU found the oldest human (not sure if its sapiens) in the PH and SEA. Btw., read in the news, Survivor will be filming there (or maybe are filming there now) and the site will be closed off to visitors. Below the cave, Pinacanauan River (it's a deep, wide river), with a very rare fish called "ludong" (they call it the king's fish), around Callao and Pinacanauan is mountainous (if I'm not mistaken, the foothills of the Sierra Madre), and very lush (think jungle). At dusk, you can watch the bats fly out of the cave over the river (millions of them). Nice river to swim, but mind you rather deep.

*Our Lady of Piat Church in Piat, 30 minutes out, on the way to Kalinga. It's a modern church with "Italian" brickwork, and series of stained glass windows with the history of the place (Zambals, Ibanags etc). Further on (I didn't venture as far as this), Tabuk in Kalinga and whitewater rafting in the Chico river, about 1 hour on jeepney (roughly 60 km). This is the Cordilleras. Very popular activity, depending on the season. I was in TUG in May, the rivers around there were dried up.

*Sta. Ana/Palaui Island (didn't make it to these places), jeepney or van direct to Sta. Ana around 3 hours. From there to Palaui Island. I met a van of Dutch tourists, and one said, Sta. Ana is just a fishing village with a nice beach, Palaui is basically pristine, they "import" supplies by barge or banca. The tip of the peninsula is Cape Engaño lighthouse. In Sta. Ana is an economic zone - Port Irene you must come across in newspapers, is where they import second hand Japanese cars, do a chop chop job, and sell to the locals. It is also a home to a casino that caters ONLY to Taiwanese (most likely officials). Unless invited, I don't think you can visit.

For 24 hour trip, I guess that would be Callao may be Piat. But I suggest if you're flying there might as well spend a couple of days. I recommend, get a car for hire for a day or two - do Callao, then Chico white water rafting. As for Sta. Ana, you might want to take a jeepney/van, stay overnight and take it from there. Surprisingly enough, yes I've met a few tourists, seen a few westerners, even Asian tourists (driving). Spent a couple weeks there in May. Summer - super hot, (apparently, the hottest place in the country, 35c-40c normal daytime weather; winter can be one of the coolest place, down to 15c or less.)

Edited: August 03, 2013, 10:21 pm
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